La Belle des Oceans Runs Into Trouble in Asia

La Belle des Oceans

CroisiEurope’s La Belle des Oceans has arrived in Phuket after damaging its hull on an uncharted rock near Phi Phi Island, according to media reports.

The ship will remain in port until repairs are completed on the hull, which could take a week, according to local news.

The rock was said to tear a hole in the ship’s hull on the port side.

Passengers have been taken to Novotel Phuket Phokeethra in Phuket Town, where they will stay until they are flown to Singapore.

CroisiEurope acquired the 120-passenger ship earlier this year, which most recently sailed as the Silver Discoverer.

The 1989-built vessel is the former Clipper Odyssey, Oceanic Odyssey and Oceanic Grace.